Indisputably one of the world's most famous wildlife areas, the Maasai Mara is a picture of quintessential Africa. The beautiful Maasai Mara National Reserve covers over 1,500km² of stunning scenery and surrounds you with endless skies, rising heat, and the sighs, clicks and calls of the bush. When in the Maasai Mara, you find yourself firmly in safari heaven with iconic wildlife, culture and experiences.
The Masai Mara forms a huge unfenced ecosystem with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, which sets the stage for one of nature's greatest spectacles - The Great Wildebeest Migration. While game viewing in the Mara is exceptional all year round, from August to October it spikes dramatically with the coming of the Great Migration. This wildlife bonanza sees over a million wildebeest and thousands of zebra journey from the Serengeti plains to the Masai Mara in a continuous migratory cycle.
Big game viewing, particularly predators, is extraordinary. Sightings of the Big 5 are excellent with strong elephant and buffalo populations, the latter being the favoured prey of the Mara's large lion prides. The level of plains game that call the reserve home is rivaled only by the Serengeti, with incredible eland, giraffe, Coke's hartebeest and topi sightings. The Masai Mara also supports a growing population of endangered black rhino and is one of the best places in Africa to see cheetah.
The Masai Mara reserve at peak times can be very popular with visitors, which is why we recommend staying in one of the private concessions adjoining the Masai Mara. These private concessions offer added privacy and extended off-road game viewing that isn't open to the public. They also offer excellent activities that can't be enjoyed in the main reserve such as walking safaris and bush breakfasts'.
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